See you at ITx conference

Last year’s IITP conference was a eye-opener with many great speakers. This year the conference has expanded to become ITx, it won’t be New Zealand’s biggest technology conference, Microsoft’s Tech Ed is larger, but it is the most wide ranging vendor independent event.

I’ll be there along with my MacBook catching the keynotes and other sessions. I recommend anyone visiting Auckland for iTX comes early enough to take part in the innovation magical mystery tour. The opening day will see a ministerial address, it’ll be interesting to see who steps up to the stage for that one. There’s also keynotes from Greg Cross who will be telling The PowerByProxi Story and Mary Quin CEO, Callaghan Innovation.

NZ broadband beats Australia again

More evidence that New Zealand’s broadband is accelerating past Australia’s network. Local web performance measuring company TrueNet compared the speed of downloading Australian and New Zealand websites from PCs in Australia and New Zealand.

Comparing Australian and New Zealand web page download speeds

Comparing Australian and New Zealand web page download speeds

The results are conclusive. They show New Zealanders can now download Australian web pages faster than people on the other side of the Tasman Sea. TrueNet says: “Results from any NZ probe are likely to be much better than from one in Australia.”

TrueNet puts New Zealand’s better performance down to the nationwide network of fibre-fed road side cabinets. New Zealand completed its network  in 2011 while Australia has only recently begun testing cabinets.

Now New Zealand is moving to the next generation with a fibre to the premises network that promises to further increase the speed performance.

A story I wrote for PC Magazine last month found New Zealand has an average download speed of 21 Mbps compared with 16 Mbps in Australia. That’s a huge difference, enough to make a noticeable difference in practice.

Server sales tick up, more to come

Server revenues climbed 2.5 percent in the past year according to IDC’s quarterly worldwide server tracker. In the second quarter of 2014 sales totalled US$12.6 billion. Unit shipments grew 1.2 percent to 2.2 million.

The standout segment was mid-range systems which saw 11.5 percent growth. IDC puts the surge down to technology refresh cycles. Volume systems climbed 4.9 percent. Meanwhile high-end enterprise systems dropped almost 10 percent.

HP moved into top slot with a 25.4 percent market share for the quarter. This time last year IBM was the leader, but with year on year sales revenue down more than 10 percent the company is now in second place with a 23.6 percent market share. The company’s share will fall faster thanks to Lenovo buying part of IBM’s server business.

Dell, Oracle and Cisco are runners-up. Cisco’s revenue jumped by over 35 percent putting it in joint fourth place with Oracle. IDC lists the little-known companies making cloud servers as ODM Direct. They collectively scored a 6.6 percent market share.

IDC says the market is going through a refresh cycle with servers being replace. The analyst company expects this to continue for the next year or so with Microsoft’s decision to end Windows Server 2003 support likely to further stimulate sales. Also on the horizon is Intel’s Grantley Xeon technology.